First of all, I am honoured to win the IELTS Prize. When I received the official announcement from the British Council about this achievement, I could not stop smiling and feeling grateful. Winning the IELTS Prize means a lot because it gives me the confidence and confirmation that I have sufficient English skills to pursue higher education abroad. The IELTS Prize also provides financial support so I can focus on my studies. Choosing a different field for my post-graduate study was not a natural choice for me, but I believe that I can combine my previous Biotechnology background and my future business management abilities to become a specialist in the field. So, I will be sure to give my best to this post-graduate study and will not take this accomplishment for granted.

The multicultural diversity, combined with an excellent reputation makes Canada a top destination to pursue higher education. However, the availability of scholarships for international students is very limited, so when I received an email from the British Council about the IELTS Prize, I did not have to think twice before applying. The IELTS Prize is different from other scholarships because it is not limited to a specific country or Education Institution. I was delighted by the professionalism of the British Council Committee and the overall selection process. I was also impressed with the British Council Staff and their assistance in providing information and following up on the progress of my application.

Taking the IELTS test with the British Council was convenient because it meant I could choose the test date and location of my preference online, which was simple and user-friendly. Another benefit of taking the IELTS test with the British Council was that we were provided with a free IELTS online course to help us to prepare and practice before the actual IELTS test. Also, I received a free IELTS writing workshop to help me improve my ability in writing an academic essay. Overall, I was impressed by the clear instructions during the IELTS test, the guidance provided by the British Council staff, the quality of the sound system during the listening section, and also by the informative schedule for the speaking section.

The two most common English proficiency tests are the International English Language Test System (IELTS) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). I chose IELTS over TOEFL because it takes approximately 3 hours to complete and I prefer to have a conversation with a native speaker during my speaking test rather than to make a recording of my answers using a computer microphone. I believe that by taking the IELTS test and reviewing my scores, I could determine my ability to live and study abroad. The variety of topics and questions discussed during the IELTS test will help me to face and overcome any upcoming challenges during my future study in Canada.

There is no doubt that the only way to get a high score is by daily practice. In the IELTS test, there are different types of questions. I always recorded the time required to complete every part of the IELTS test as a simulation and projection of my time management skills because these skills are a crucial part of the IELTS test. I also read various magazines and newspapers to have a better understanding of current issues and topics. Also, I spent time practising my writing and speaking because I felt I lacked those skills. I believe that practice and the evaluation of mistakes is the key to a successful IELTS test performance.